Greensboro NC adopts a Trans-Crow ordinance, a bad way to go.
Greensboro North Carolina just adopted an ordinance which seeks to segregate transgender people in public accommodations
We call it getting thrown under the bus ala Massachusetts.
The changes in Greensboro include adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression to a list of enumerated categories in three ordinances — fair housing, city employment and city services.
The public accommodations category is glaringly absent. The changes would allow trans people to work and get housing without being openly discriminated against but it does not address public accommodations. A business owner, a bus driver or restaurant owner would still be within their rights to deny you service becuse you are transgender. That is TransCrow.
The first of the three new ordinance according to Qnotes prohibits discrimination in the offering of city programs, services or activities. According to a memo to Council from City Attorney Thomas Carruthers, the proposal also directs the city manager to “conduct a review of all City facilities that contain restrooms, lockers, and changing rooms to evaluate the creation of a Privacy Restroom, Locker or Changing room that will be available for both individuals and families on a gender neutral basis.”
But according to published accounts the codes regarding public accommodations will remain unchanged.
Repeated calls to Greensboro’s communication officer and Equality North Carolina to verify the specifics of the changes were not returned.
Greensboro’s online Muni Code last updated Dec 2014 doesn’t reflect the current changes.
Sec. 12-96. – Definition.
In this article “Place of public accommodation” means a business, accommodation, refreshment, entertainment, recreation or transportation facility of any kind whose goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages or accommodations are extended, offered, sold or otherwise made available to the public.
(Code 1961, § 5A-2)
Sec. 12-97. – Prohibited acts.
No person shall deny an individual the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages and accommodations of a place of public accommodation because of race, color, religion or national origin.
No person shall, because of race, color, religion or national origin, intimidate, threaten or coerce another individual for the purpose of interfering with or denying such individual the full and equal enjoyment of a place of public accommodation.
(Code 1961, § 5A-3)
“North Carolina counties and cities with sexual orientation and gender identity protection” by GayTenn – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
The area’s in pink are where transgender people are allowed equal access to public accommodations according to Wiki.